Abel Tasman National park, South Island, New Zealand

Saturday, March 22

Thankfully the only residual effects of my fish experience is a good case of reflux. I was hoping to walk it off on the 13 km hike to Marahau. The first bit was a good, brisk hill but after that it was just a nice rolling track through forest that followed the ocean. There were many gorgeous view points and Sue, Helena and I stopped at several beaches.

Back at our accommodation for the night (Old MacDonald’s farm), I was taking a shower when I heard a baby chattering so rushed out. Sure enough, It was Amy with her sister and Aviah. Awesome! Aviah is as adorable in person as she is in photos πŸ™‚ I got to meet most of Amy’s family and we enjoyed the afternoon together. Emma and Katherine joined Sharon, Amy and I and joined the group at the Fat Tui for burgers. Now those were BURGERS. Wow.

I said goodbye to the girls. It was SO nice of them to drive out and visit with me. It was too bad Terence couldn’t come but so great to get to know Amy a little better.

Simon, Sue and I walked back to the cabins and it was cold. There was definitely a fall chill in the air. Simon started a fire and raved about what a wonderful fire it was. We gazed at the sky full of stars and got the bright idea of taking photos. Manuel, Simon and found a dark spot and experimented with our cameras, tripods and I used a chair. Necessity is the mother of invention and it worked just fine. πŸ™‚

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Starfish look different here.

Starfish look different here.

View from the trail near Anchorage

View from the trail near Anchorage

View from the trail in Abel Tasman National park

View from the trail in Abel Tasman National park

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Stillwell beach in Abel Tasman

Stillwell beach in Abel Tasman

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Pretty little fantail

Pretty little fantail

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View of a beach from the trail.

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A sailboat AND a sea gull (hehehe)

Yes, again I find myself photographing sea gulls :P

Yes, again I find myself photographing sea gulls πŸ˜›

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Love the views from the trail…..everywhere you look is a photo

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Just another view along the Tasman coastal trail

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Just a piece of the gorgeous trail

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I can see for miles and miles ….

Hanging out with some faces carved in a stump in a gallery in Mahau

Hanging out with some faces carved in a stump in a gallery in Mahau

Amy, Aviah and I catching up

Amy, Aviah and I catching up

Gotta love Fat Tui burgers!!

Gotta love Fat Tui burgers!!

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That’s a LOT of stars in the sky!

One of many views on the road from Picton to Abel Tasman

One of many views on the road from Picton to Abel Tasman

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Yes, it's a seagull :P

Yes, it’s a seagull πŸ˜›

Melanie loves it here :)

Melanie loves it here πŸ™‚

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